On June 17, 2013, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has extended the designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. DHS initially designated Syria for TPS on March 29, 2012 due to conditions within the country that prevented Syrian nationals from returning in safety. The original designation was set to expire September 30, 2013; however, the recent extension means the designation will continue through March 31, 2015. DHS extended the designation period because the conditions in Syria are unstable, volatile and dangerous, and have worsened since the prior designation.
Individuals who have already been granted TPS under the original designation are allowed to re-register within a 60-day re-registration period that runs from June 17, 2013 through August 16, 2013.
Individuals who are applying for TPS for the first time may submit an application within the 180-day initial registration period that runs from June 17, 2013 through December 16, 2013.
To be eligible for TPS, you must
- Be a national of Syria, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the Syria;
- File during the open registration periods;
- Have been continuously residing in the United States since June 17, 2013; and
- Have been continuously physically present in the United States since October 1, 2013.
To register or re-register for TPS you must complete and file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization within the given time frames. For more information on the extension and re-designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status, click here.